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Story 1: Story 1: The Worst Part About Election Day: Somebody Wins * Story 2: The Midterm Elections Were A Stress Test For Democracy And It Did Not Go Well * Story 3: The Midterms Revealed the Power of Partisanship and Whiteness * How Democrats — And Republicans — Made 2018 A Blue Wave (When It Almost Wasn’t) * Story 5: Half of white women continue to vote Republican. What's wrong with them? * Story 6: Democrats Exit Midterms Facing An Uphill Battle And A Looming Constitutional Crisis

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Week Ending November 17, 2018 |


http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Democrats%20Pull%20aBlue%20Steel.jpgStory 1: The Worst Part About Election Day: Somebody Wins ~ Bill Bonner, Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

And so … the big day approacheth.

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Story 2: The Midterm Elections Were A Stress Test For Democracy And It Did Not Go Well, Jonathan Cohn, Huff Post

11/07/2018 | Tuesday’s results had Republicans losing the House ― but, by the numbers, they should have lost more.
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Story 3: The Midterms Revealed the Power of Partisanship and Whiteness, Andrew Gawthorpe, the Guardian

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Thu 8 Nov 2018 | Democrats hoped for a huge rejection of Trumpism, but found two forces still hold an intoxicating political power

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Story 4: How Democrats — And Republicans — Made 2018 A Blue Wave (When It Almost Wasn’t), Matt Fuller and Kevin Robillard, HuffPost
11/09/2018 | Yes. It was a wave.
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Story 5: Half of white women continue to vote Republican. What's wrong with them? Moira Donegan, the Guardian
http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/White%20Older%20Women%20Greet%20Trump%20at%20Rally_0.jpgSome 53% of white women voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election – the real story of white women voters is
bothmore grim and more complex than the figure reveals.
 

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Story 6: Democrats Exit Midterms Facing An Uphill Battle And A Looming Constitutional Crisis, Richard North Patterson, HuffPost
http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Reps%20Pelosi%2C%20Lewis%2C%20others_0.jpg11/07/2018 |  Ultimately, these winnable states are critical units of the Electoral College that Democrats cannot escape. They encapsulate the party’s opportunity, and its challenge, in 2020 and beyond: to meld racial and social justice with a unifying economic agenda that promotes opportunity and dignity for Americans of every stripe across the electoral map.
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Feature Article | The ‘Resistance’ Supports Trump’s Evil Agendas While Attacking Fake Nonsense ~ Caitlin Johnstone, Robert Gore, Straight Line Logic

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Tech%20Adjusts%20Lapel%20Mic%20on%20Trump.jpgTrump's enemies are seeking his impeachment for whatever they can hang on him, but they won't go after him for travesties like Yemen and the defense budget that they support.
  • Related: Don’t let the Democrats censor the real resistance.

Publisher's Choice | Charles Pierce: I'm Not Sure We're Ready for the Chaos That Will Follow the Midterms. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire   


  • https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/police-officers-with-riot-gears-stand-guard-during-a-news-photo-1311448-1539611602mod-1539616754.jpg?crop=0.699xw:1.00xh;0.272xw,0&resize=768:*"Over the weekend, Pierce writes, "there were a coupleofominous, if overlooked, statements from Republican officials touching on the upcoming midterm elections."
  • Prepare for recount hell and the delegitimizing of the Blue Wave.
  • Related: Overcoming Voter Suppression

Of Special Interest | Unions Can Protect Workers From Deportation. This Coalition of 3.5 Million Is Showing How.

Heather Gies, In These Times
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  • “We don’t ask that the government help take care of us. Just give us residency so we can continue to work hard with our families and move forward.” -- Cesar Rodriguez, the port driver and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holder from Los Angeles
  • Related: The Path Back to Equality Leads Through Unions.



Bloggers & Columnists | Charles Pierce, Paul Krugman, Caitlin Johnstone



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Foreign Affairs

Special Project | Russiagate: The American Boogeyman, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
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Story 1: Why I’m Sick and Tired of Hearing About Russiagate * Story 2: How Pro-War Democrats Use Russiagate To Bloat the Military—And Why That’s Dangerous * Story 3: What Russiagate Skeptics Get Wrong * Related: Five Things That Would Reduce Out of Control Russophobia * Related: How Russia Became “Our Adversary” Again


Health, Science, & Environment
Special Project | Climate Catastrophe Is Just Around the Corner. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest <http://evergreenedigest.org>
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Story 1: We have 12 years to limit climate change catastrophe, warns UN * Story 2: New Climate Report Was Too Cautious * Story 3: The Planet Is Doomed—Let's Destroy It Faster! * Related: The Plastic Bag: An American History


Media & Technology

How to Mute Trump’s Boombox, Jack Shafer, Politico
It ain’t news when he says something that’s untrue or uninformed.


Peace & Non-violence

The Living Reality of Military-Economic Fascism ~ Robert Higgs, Robert Higgs, Mises Institute / Straight Line Logic

  • https://mises.org/sites/default/files/styles/max_full/public/pac-military_0.png?itok=FnAZOiCdAn in-depth study of the military-industrial racket by Robert Higgs at Mises Institute <mises.org>:
  • “The business of buying weapons that takes place in the Pentagon is a corrupt business — ethically and morally corrupt from top to bottom. The process is dominated by advocacy, with few, if any, checks and balances. Most people in power like this system of doing business and do not want it changed.” – Colonel James G. Burton (1993, 232)
  • Related: Of A Lot of Arms and Some Very Bad Men



The U.S. and Saudi Arabia Have Been Getting Away With Murder for Years. Roqayah Chamseddine, In These Times

http://inthesetimes.com/images/made/images/mbs_trump_850_578.jpgU.S. President Donald Trump (r) meets with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House on March 20, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia’s alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has forced the kingdom’s brutality into the media spotlight. Meanwhile, the war on Yemen has taken a back seat.


Of A Lot of Arms and Some Very Bad Men, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Grim%20Reaper%20Launching%20Drone%20from%20His%20Hand.jpgPart 1: Trump Snubbed McCain. The Media Snubbed the Rest of Us.
  • The media treated Trump's petty snub of John McCain as a bigger controversy than the $717 billion Pentagon bill named for the Arizona senator.
  • Part 2: Paul Krugman | Arms and the Very Bad Men
  • Trump’s rationale for going easy on Saudi Arabia is a shameful lie.
  • Related: The Living Reality of Military-Economic Fascism ~ Robert Higgs

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Fear Dominates Final Weeks Of The 2018 Campaign

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  • President Donald Trump is leading a strategy of scaring Republicans into voting.
  • Things are getting dark out there. 
  • Related: Charles Pierce | I'm Not Sure We're Ready for the Chaos That Will Follow the Midterms

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Amanda Terkel, HuffPost

10/24/2018 | Brown people caravaning into the country. Transgender people using the bathroom. Black people kneeling during the national anthem. 

President Donald Trump wants voters to be terrified when they go to the polls on Nov. 6. The theme of the final weeks of the 2018 campaign is that Americans have everything to fear but fear itself. Fear itself, the White House figures, is just savvy politics. It is, after all, how Trump himself was elected. 

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Charles Pierce | I'm Not Sure We're Ready for the Chaos That Will Follow the Midterms, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire  


  • https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/police-officers-with-riot-gears-stand-guard-during-a-news-photo-1311448-1539611602mod-1539616754.jpg?crop=0.699xw:1.00xh;0.272xw,0&resize=768:*"Over the weekend, Pierce writes, "there were a couple of ominous, if overlooked, statements from Republican officials touching on the upcoming midterm elections."
  • Prepare for recount hell and the delegitimizing of the Blue Wave.
  • Related: Overcoming Voter Suppression

 

 

 


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The Living Reality of Military-Economic Fascism ~ Robert Higgs


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  • An in-depth study of the military-industrial racket by Robert Higgs at Mises Institute
  • “The business of buying weapons that takes place in the Pentagon is a corrupt business — ethically and morally corrupt from top to bottom. The process is dominated by advocacy, with few, if any, checks and balances. Most people in power like this system of doing business and do not want it changed.” – Colonel James G. Burton (1993, 232)
  • Related: Of A Lot of Arms and Some Very Bad Men

Robert Higgs, Mises Institute  / Straight Line Logic

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24, 2018 | In countries such as the United States, whose economies are commonly, though inaccurately, described as “capitalist” or “free-market,” war and preparation for war systematically corrupt both parties to the state-private transactions by which the government obtains the bulk of its military goods and services.

On one side, business interests seek to bend the state’s decisions in their favor by corrupting official decision-makers with outright and de facto bribes. The former include cash, gifts in kind, loans, entertainment, transportation, lodging, prostitutes’ services, inside information about personal investment opportunities, overly generous speaking fees, and promises of future employment or “consulting” patronage for officials or their family members, whereas the latter include campaign contributions (sometimes legal, sometimes illegal), sponsorship of political fund-raising events, and donations to charities or other causes favored by the relevant government officials.

Robert Higgs is senior fellow in political economy for the Independent Institute and editor of The Independent Review. He is the 2007 recipient of the Gary G. Schlarbaum Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Cause of Liberty, and the 2015 Murray N. Rothbard Medal of Freedom.

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Of A Lot of Arms and Some Very Bad Men, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Grim%20Reaper%20Launching%20Drone%20from%20His%20Hand.jpgPart Part 1: Trump Snubbed McCain. The Media Snubbed the Rest of Us.
  • The media treated Trump's petty snub of John McCain as a bigger controversy than the $717 billion Pentagon bill named for the Arizona senator.
  • Part 2: Paul Krugman | Arms and the Very Bad Men
  • Trump’s rationale for going easy on Saudi Arabia is a shameful lie.

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How to Mute Trump’s Boombox

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It ain’t news when he says something that’s untrue or uninformed.

Jack Shafer, Politico

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Trump%20Mocks%20Disabled%20NY%20Times%20Reporter_0.jpgOctober 24, 2018 | The press gave primo coverage to Donald Trump’s outrageous utterances during the 2016 Republican presidential primaries because, well, he was a front-runner, and when front-runners speak, it’s news. After Trump secured the Republican nomination, the press gave similar notice to his tongue-wagging because—well, because it believes every trill and chirrup from a major-party nominee contains news value. Later, when Trump became president and the press continued to steer his tweets, White House lawn utterances, and MAGA-rally speeches onto Page 1, the justification for the saturation coverage was that no matter what strange noise flowed out of the president’s boombox, it was newsworthy and deserved ink and airtime.

And here we are, 21 months into his presidency, and Trump still reaps maximum exposure every time he says something cruel, improbable, or daft. Take his weekend promise to bestow a 10 percent tax cut on middle-class Americans before the midterm elections. Congress is out of session and nobody on Capitol Hill or inside the administration knew anything about the proposal—making passage on Trump’s timetable impossible. But that didn’t prevent the press corps from placing all of its oars in the water and rowing hard to take first place in the race to prove the president’s pitch a fantasy.

Jack Shafer is Politico's senior media writer.  Previously,  Jack wrote a column about the press and politics for Reuters and before that worked at Slate as a columnist and as the site's deputy editor. He also edited two alternative weeklies, SF Weekly and Washington City Paper.

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Welcome to Evergreene Digest This Week, October 20, 2018.

Including links to over 770 websites and over 20 highlighted items featuring:

Feature Article | Did Democrats do enough to stop Kavanaugh? Not even close, and don’t expect more from a “blue wave.” Jim Sleeper, Tikkun

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  • Related: Progressives Need a Clear Strategy for 2020 and Beyond. Here Are 5 Guidelines. 
  • Related: This Sort of Spineless Corporate Pandering Is Why Democrats Keep Losing.

Publisher's Choice | Overcoming Voter Suppression, The Progress Report, Center for American Progress


Of Special Interest | Lost in the Face of Militarism. The Necessity of Moral Resistance to the Military-Industrial Complex, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: The Necessity of Moral Resistance in the Face of Militarism ~ William J. Barber, II
  • Confronting head-on America's war economy and militarism, the necessity of non-violent moral dissent, moral resistance and moral vision ...
  • Part 2: From the Archives | Lost in the Military-Industrial Complex
  • Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have ducked any serious discussion of America’s escalating military spending.

Bloggers & Columnists | Chris Hedges




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Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

Don’t Call It a Comeback: Louis C.K. and His #MeToo Bros Don’t Deserve One. Kieran Scarlett, Rewire

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The comedian who masturbated in front of junior women colleagues said he's lost an estimated $35 million. Funny how he didn't mention the pain he inflicted.


Critical Thinking

The Free Thought Project | We Are All Being Played

Government & Politics

Progressives Need a Clear Strategy for 2020 and Beyond. Here Are 5 Guidelines. Max Elbaum and Calvin Cheung-Miaw, In These Times

http://inthesetimes.com/images/made/images/trump_protest_image_1_850_567.jpgHundreds of protestors rallying against Donald Trump gather outside of Trump Tower, November 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

  • We have significant numbers. But we need to continue to buildourranks, and mobilize behind a winning political strategy.
  • Related: Did Democrats do enough to stop Kavanaugh? Not even close, and don’t expect more from a “blue wave.”

Law & Justice


Challenging the institutional racism and violence in our law enforcement culture: A Not Guilty Verdict to celebrate, Roger Cuthbertson, Rise Up Times 

https://riseuptimes.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/emmanuel_police_protests_philando_castile_alton_sterling_850_593.jpg?w=705&h=491Protesters in St. Paul, MN march in response to the killing of Philando Castile (Fibonacci Blue / Flickr)

These bits of fractured history are examples to me of the fact that what we accomplish is the result of not just what one or two persons do but rather the result of community action through time.
 


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The U.S. and Saudi Arabia Have Been Getting Away With Murder for Years

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U.S. President Donald Trump (R) meets with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House on March 20, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia’s alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has forced the kingdom’s brutality into the media spotlight. Meanwhile, the war on Yemen has taken a back seat.

Roqayah Chamseddine, In These Times

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20 October 2018 | March 2015 marked a decisive phase in what is now a morethan three-year war in Yemen. Saudi Arabia, in coordination with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, initiated a military operation against Yemen’s capital of Sana’a in an effort to dislodge any fragment of Houthi presence while also fomenting a tide of psychological warfare that would signal the ruthless course of action to come. Yemen’s infrastructure was so thoroughly upended by coalition attacks that within a year and a half of the initial salvo, the local population was struck by the worst cholera outbreak ever recorded in modern history. Today, with an aerial and naval blockade choking off aid supplies, the number of Yemenis who are entirely dependent on humanitarian assistance is over 22 million. The catastrophic impact on mental health in Yemen has resulted in psychological trauma, including a surge in suicide rates. Despite worldwide condemnation, U.S.-backed coalition airstrikes have continued—targeting hospitals, medical facilities, religious sites, and even gatherings of mourners.

While the media landscape is saturated with concern for the whereabouts and likely demise of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whose reported disappearance has thrown the Kingdom’s advocacy campaign into overdrive, concern for Saudi Arabia's military offensive in Yemen has taken a backseat. Still, the bloodshed in Yemen has not abated for a moment, with American weapons lighting the way.

Roqayah Chamseddine <> is a writer, researcher, and host of the Delete Your Account podcast. Her work has appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, ELLE Magazine, Splinter, Overland Journal, among others.

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